The Oberlin Review

Seniors Strip for Final Time in OBurlesque Performance

Aly Fogel, Staff Writer

May 10, 2019

Filed under ARTS, Arts, Features

Last Wednesday, the Cat in the Cream was packed with students chatting under the venue’s familiar twinkling lights, nibbling on cookies, drinking tea, and anxiously waiting for their peers to come on stage and take off their clothes.  It might seem unconventional, but shows like these have become a celebrated tradition at Oberlin over the past four years since Oberlin’s own burlesque troupe, OBurlesque, was founded.  Burlesque is a style of performance that is broadly satirical, parodic, and theatrical in nature. The term usually refers to strip routines in which the dancer plays at sexuality through exaggerated character routines or comedic bits.  “So basically, the classic burlesque is kind of old-...

Drag Ball: A Photo Essay

Matthew Antezzo and Brian James

May 3, 2019

Filed under ARTS, Arts, Features

Professional drag queens and students took the stage at the ’Sco last Friday for the annual Drag Ball, titled Oberlin is Burning. Drag Ball is an Oberlin favorite that celebrates queer history and creative expression. The stars of the night this year included The Vixen, Miss Toto, Chi Chi DeVayne, and Shea Couleé. The following artists’ statements are from two students who documented the night. Brian James, College senior: I brought my camera to Drag Ball because I knew everyone would want their picture taken. … Obies were trying new, glamorous looks and defying gender norms. … Compliments were flying and people were feeling themselves. That energy was perfect for photographing. Almost every person I phot...

Student Organizations Shed Light on Oberlin Protest History with Powerful Projections

Student Organizations Shed Light on Oberlin Protest History with Powerful Projections

April 26, 2019

Last Thursday night, students and passersby might have noticed a series of protest messages and art projected onto Mudd Center’s East-facing wall. With the help of a 10,000-lumen projector and a generator, the library was shrouded in a spectacle of still images and moving frames depicting the history of student protest at Oberlin. The projections — a collaboration between students in the classes Creative Interventions and From Bandung to Black Panthers: The Past, Present and Future of Third...

ASA Banquet Highlight of Campus Afropolitan Week

ASA Banquet Highlight of Campus Afropolitan Week

April 26, 2019

The African Students’ Association adorned the Carnegie Building’s Root Room in purple and gold decorations last Saturday for its annual banquet. The event showcased a vibrant expression of pride in African identity, promoting it as something that is both modern and rooted in tradition. This year’s theme, Afropolitan, was a continuation of Afropolitan Week, a series that featured several other events hosted by ASA. Included in the week’s festivities were student-led panel “African in...

Oberlin’s Friendship Festival Celebrates 10th Year

Jaimie Yue

April 5, 2019

Filed under ARTS, Arts, Features

Oberlin’s annual Friendship Festival, now in its 10th year, will take place this Monday in Wilder Main Space. Featuring crafts, guest speakers, free food from Aladdin’s, and raffle prizes, the event is sponsored by the Oberlin Friendship Circle. It comes out of of 12 years of friendship studies at Oberlin and aims to celebrate friendship as the antithesis of war, prejudice, isolation, and hate.  For Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, Presidential Scholar in Islamic Studies and the Nancy Schrom Dye Chair in Middle East and North African Studies, the annual Friendship Festival is also a culmination of over three decades dedicated to studying international relations and friendship. Before coming to Oberlin, Mahallati served...

Empathy Café Facilitates Student Communication

Empathy Café Facilitates Student Communication

March 8, 2019

Empathy Café is an initiative of the Yeworkwha Belachew Center for Dialogue, designed to help students develop positive communication skills. The program was started last year, and grew out of the YBCD’s drop-in hours after staff members recognized the need for more programs that help people practice conflict resolution.  Ombudsperson Kim Jackson Davidson spoke about the inception of this program. “We felt like there was something missing as the core reason for people to walk to this...

BHM Fashion Show Celebrates Black Culture, Body Expression

BHM Fashion Show Celebrates Black Culture, Body Expression

March 1, 2019

Black Oberlin student and faculty models took to the runway to showcase Black beauty and style in Black By Popular Demand: The Black History Month Fashion Show. This year’s show took place on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the Root Room of Carnegie Building.  Representing different themes — including ’90s, thrift, and formal wear — each featured collection focused on the many ways Black culture has permeated today’s popular media and mainstream styles. Each ensemble flowed differently, and eac...

“What We Look Like”

“What We Look Like”

February 8, 2019

Instagram Account Highlights POC Fashion on Campus

Instagram Account Highlights POC Fashion on Campus

November 16, 2018

Oberlin Spectrum has been filling Instagram feeds with looks from POC since November 2017, with the goal of providing a fashionable safe space for students of color. Originally a personal project, the page has grown exponentially in recent months. The creators have introduced submissions, broadened their understanding of the meaning of representation, and begun seeking a greater presence on campus. College junior Sheng Kao originally created the account. She began collecting photos from people...

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